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Singer Amika Shail and Actor Dishank Arora launch new season of Diamond Jewellery for LJOW !

20 Feb

This Valentine’s Day Leading Jewelers of the World (LJOW) launched an exciting and exquisite Season of Love Diamond Jewellery collection exclusively at Shoppers Stop’s outlets in Mumbai. The collection of stylish and lightweight designs in gold and diamonds was unveiled at a fashion show this evening at Shopper’s Stop, In Orbit Mall, Malad.

Each piece looks large and solid, but is actually extremely light and easy to wear. The secret? Hollow interiors that are not apparent to the viewer due to special techniques used in crafting. Stylish and lightweight, the pieces are also extremely affordable.

The famous fashion designer Nidhi Jain Kumar – famous for her Indo-Western blend, designed a special collection for the launch. Speaking on the occasion Nidhi said “Valentine is the day of love and truly nothing expresses love better than a diamond.  LJOW wished to commemorate the season with this special collection. The specially designed gowns for the collection are all inspired from the love, passion and talent that have gone in the making of this new collection.”

Singer and actress Amika Shail presented the collection in her melodious voice humming the tune of her song ‘Ittefaqan’ from the upcoming movie Wedding Anniversary. Amika who was the show-starter for the collection said, “The quality of the product is a direct reflection of the quality of the excellent team that LJOW has and I must say that it’s unparalleled and excellent.”

The show-stopper of the evening was the handsome TV star Dishank Arora. Speaking on the occasion Dishank said, “It is a great pleasure to be a part of the collection launch on this special day. The collection is so vibrant and lively that each piece of jewellery speaks to you. I am sure with the new collection and the visually charged up campaign the brand will have a high engagement level and a large tribe of fans.”

Premlata Bagaria, Founder, Proton Communications commented, “Distinguished designs at attractive prices have always been preferred by the discerning Indian customer; the brand has its ear to the ground to understand the pulse of the consumer and convert it into a collection that can satiate this need. Proton communications is proud to partner with this collection launch that is sure to create a buzz. After the festivals and the Wedding Season, Valentine’s Day is yet another important day in our lives. In the US, the day sees maximum sales of jewellery, second only to candies. This can be repeated in India too!”

‘No Shave November’ campaign to benefit cancer patient.

14 Dec

“No Shave November” a campaign with a cause, a movement which is all about saving money from no shaving & the proceedings to be donated to NGO “Access Life Foundation”img_2569

The cause is initiated by MonishChandan, a famous blogger from Mumbai who deeply supports the cause and feels the need to give back to the society in a constructive way. This event aims to help cancer patients and amplifies understanding that one out of ten households has a cancer victim or a survivor. Due to the fast paced & changing lifestyles, there is an ever increasing case of cancer in our society.

To take this initiative forward, an event was organized on 3rd December at Punjab Grill, Andheri West. A panel discussion was held to understand about cancer & how it is affecting our lives.

Our Emcee for the day, Samaira Wallani kept the audience enthralled & made the cancer surviving kids dance & sing during the event.

The panel discussion was led by Maria Vasudevan- Clinical Hypnotherapist, Shiraz Siddique- Cancer Survivor, Ankeet Dave- Executive Director – Access Life Foundation  & Ms. Ritu Gorai – CCO of JAMMS a popular Moms group in Mumbai and moderated by Sayanti Banerjee.

Monish Chandan, Campaign head says “My initiative is to raise funds, educate & research for Cancer & spread the awareness.  If you believe it we can do it, nothing is impossible. That’s what I think one should help and support and give back to the society. The first step to beat Cancer is to accept that it us just an illness and not a death sentence”
While Ankeet Dave , Executive Director , Access Life Foundation says “Access Life is a non-profit organization, committed towards working with children diagnosed with cancer or undergoing cancer treatment and making a difference in their lives. The mission of Access Life is to offer a home-like environment for these families and try to improve the quality of life of these children by providing practical support services, educational resources and recreations programs”

While Shiraz Siddique , Cancer Survivor says ““We feel that cancer is economically, emotionally, physically debilitating disease. It takes entire team of people with the patient to fight the disease. It is important to have such groups and events that can raise funds for pre-post-during the treatment and provide basic amenities like food, clothing and shelter to outstation cancer patients. Such patients find it difficult to find proper places to stay and also have hygienically cooked healthy food to eat due to monetary problems. Other important aspect is that sharing of experience of cancer treatments helps others to remove fear from heart and fight the disease better as well as recover fast.”

Ritu Gorai, CCO of JAMMS says “JAMMs network is a multi award winning support group for mothers in Mumbai… We connect online, meet offline and engage in various charity interventions. NSN was a great initiative and we were happy to associate with this noble cause to create more awareness about cancer”

The panel discussion was followed by live music performance by talented duo performers Vilas Nikam and Ashutosh Virendra from Shankar Mahadevan Academy and closing act by classical fusion dancer Aavinash Payal & famous singer Siddharth Sharma. There was a special performance by Singer Ashar Anis khan who enthralled the audience with his impeccable voice and style.

 

 

Kaveta Chaudhry directs Baba Ramdev in Yog Yatra. To air on Sony TV 1st, May

29 Apr

There is a buzz around  the soon to release  ‘ YOG YATRA ‘, a biopic on the life of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and his close friend Acharya Balkrishna.  In this film you will find Baba Ramdev donning  the actor’s garb shooting, rehearsals, riding the bike  enacting  his life journey of before being acknowledged as the Yoga Guru and becoming a global icon.

The promo has already garnered great excitement and curiosity among the business and film industry for the nature of its biopic. It is a 90-minutes film, but very meticulously showcases the life and evolution of Baba Ramdev and how he aspires to transform the life of people with yoga and ayurveda.

The film is written and directed by Kaveta Chaudhry and will be aired on Sony TV in a special screening on the 1st of May.  Promo link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgsE0cMYTcI

Kaveta spent months researching for the film and even while shooting, it was a revelation and rewriting of the scripts to bring to life the real episodes which created the legends.

Yog Yatra Poster 1Yog Yatra came to me with Acharya Balkrishnaji’s call for making a film on their institution, its foray of activities. I convinced them to expand the scope to including the vision behind Patanjali while including their activities. Then began my research in knowing Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna and revisiting their junctions in life…” says Kaveta Chaudhry.  ” The film showcases through the example of Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna that how by carving their own path & choosing to be who they are, both achieved global success!   The film also attempts to free us from the prevalent education system from marks orientation to an all round development that gives the strength to deal with different shades of life – with ease, joy and glory !”

Acharya Balkrishna shares ” We had seen Kaveta’s work during the making of a public service spot.  Also her past work profile resonates sensitivity combined with creative intuition which is very important in making a film of such nature.  When we look back, her passion and flair for story telling makes us glad she was a part of our journey forward.”

Kaveta Chaudhry (Writer Director ).pngKaveta Chaudhry gained popularity in the 90s for her TV series Udaan on Doordarshan. Actor-Director-Producer of this series, Kaveta Chaudhry essays the role of  Kalyani Singh who struggles through her journey to be an IPS Officer. The series was widely appreciated by the public, media and film fraternity as it was a first of its kind Indian tv series on woman empowerment.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTvlSglmGw8

Much before this, her role of the protagonist Lalitaji in the Surf advertisement set her apart as a thinking and independent woman.  To date she remains etched in the memories of the public as a figure to reckon with.

Watch the journey of a Yogi who reached Zenith. Watch some unknown facets of the lives of Swami ji and Acharya ji. A real documentary film on SONY at 7:30 am and 9am on May 1st, 2016.

 

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Harper India brings Beebop – a children’s series of book

16 Dec

The Beebop series of books bring alive a magical world where Beebop, the friendly bee takes Sarah, Jay, Zoya and Zubin on many marvelous adventures. Through the bottle-shaped tree, they enter a land where anything is possible and the only limit is your imagination! The books bring to light the element of wonder filled fantasies, make belief worlds and values of friendship, fearlessness and adventure. Beebop is a series of graded readers for three levels. The levels increase in complexity to allow for greatest success in ability and interest. The ratings take into consideration the following components: difficulty of vocabulary, sentence length, comprehension abilities, literary elements and subject matter. Each level consists of four story books and four accompanying activity books.

Manasi Subramaniam, who acquired and edited the book at HarperCollins said, ‘The Beebop books are fun, they’re funny, they’re charmingly written and beautifully illustrated. I’m so thrilled that Harper Kids is publishing a homegrown graded-reader programme: not only do the stories fit into a larger narrative arc, they are set to match the child’s learning curve at a slightly accelerated level. So as the stories continue and the characters grow, the language too alters in vocabulary and complexity. The series has given us a lot of joy.’

‘We are delighted to partner with Dream Theatre to bring this wonderful series of books for children. We hope Beebop will soon find a place on every child’s heart and bookshelf’, said V.K Karthika, publisher and chief editor at HarperCollins Publishers India.

There is no turning away from the fact that kids today are born in an age of technology. It is but inevitable that they are growing up in an environment of tremendous opportunity and information, leaving very little space for the “joy of discovery” and “the celebration of wonder” for both the child as well as for parents and caregivers. It is with this premise in mind, Dream Theatre conceptualized and created Beebop, India’s first home grown pre-school and infant brand. Beebop is a celebration of early childhood as much as it is of parenthood. The range of Beebop products includes toys, gift sets, sleep essentials and is now launching Publishing in partnership with HarperCollins, India.

Sanjana Kapoor & brother Kunal Kapoor judge The International Circus Festival at Rambo Circus !

16 Nov

Sanjana-Kapoor-and-Kunal-Kapoor-at-Rambo-International-Circus-FestivalRambo Circus opens The International Circus Festival – Season IV, judged by Celebrity Diva Sanjana Kapoor and Prithivi Theatre’s Kunal Kapoor. The acts are also open for public voting.

The whole circus camp at Rambo was alive with a flurry of activities, their favourite mentors from the Kapoor family were to visit to judge the new season of the International Circus Festival.

Most of the artists who double up as operations in-charge were busy setting things in order at the camp right until the bell rang for the show to begin. Then it’s a quick change into the costume and …. action!

Sujit Dilip, owner and manager at Rambo Circus escorted the guests of honour Sanjana Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor to the judges table and the show began.

Awed and enraptured by some very interesting acts on display this season, Sanjana and Kunal cheered every acts, boosting the morale of the humbled artists and adding fervor to the crowd.

Today, the growing popularity of Rambo Circus around the world and its talked about initiatives has made it a sought after destination for circus artists and enthusiasts to visit. This season, Rambo has artists from Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Colombia besides Nepal and India.

Of course the task of getting permissions, formalities, operation cost still remains as daunting as ever, however, it hasn’t slowed Sujit Dilip, owner of Rambo Circus. In fact he is more determined to overcome all this and is positive that in times to come, Rambo Circus will make history.

Already its website has garnered over 1 lakh visitors and the social media ratings is growing in leaps and bounds, proving how the world is now looking at Indian Circus differently and with more respect.

The Show concluded with a vote of thanks to the judges and offering the public to vote for their favourite act .

The entire circus family gathered for a meet and greet and photo opportunity with their favourite mentors bringing to an end a happy and entertainment evening.

Rambo Circus is running at the Bandra Reclamation Ground, Bandra West. Tickets are available on bookmyshow.com. You can also log onto http://www.rambocircus.in for more details.

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#FAME : makes way for the heart stopper this wedding season !

5 May

Nachiket Barve, ace fashion designer tells you how to in his ‘Master Class’ exclusively on #LakmeSchoolOfStyle

If it has been that perpetual dilemma for you about what to wear for your best friend’s wedding, you need not worry anymore, thanks to Ace Fashion Designer Nachiket Barve. The fabric master when it comes to female dressing is here on #LakmeSchoolOfStyle (India’s first and only video fashion magazine) with an exclusive ‘Master Class’ for you wherein he reveals four fabulous ways of sizzling yourself at your best friend’s wedding! How to Dress For Your Best Friend’s Wedding by Nachiket BarveLakmé School of Style, India’s first fashion video magazine has a host of more such videos, to help you with your fashion fix, available on YouTube, Facebook, Daily Motion and WeChat.

Hey and it’s not just about a one-off day dressing. Nachiket deals in detail as he informs and explores four dashing ways of killing it – from the Cocktail Party to the Wedding Reception to the Mehendi Soiree, to the day after – the Post Wedding Brunch! Nachiket is all set to bring the best out in you on #LakmeSchoolOfStyle.  Ever wondered, or did so each time when it came to dressing for a Cocktail Party? Nachiket says choose colours that emphasize your Indian skin. “Look glamorous yet be comfortable. Wear gowns that stand out and add chiffon.”

Similarly, Nachiket has loads on lehengas and dupattas when it comes to the wedding reception. How to mix colours and match wears, how to look classic and how to look like a princess.

So what would you wear for a mehendi soiree? Nachiket solves your problem. He guides you with loads of options which surely are light and hands free!

And on the day of that special brunch, Nachiket will surprise you with shorts and bikini tops. Yeah he’s got some special combinations on sundowners.

As #LSOS Editor-In-Chief and fashion icon Karan Johar endorses, Nachiket’s Master Class will ensure that Dulhan ki saheli will no longer look like the dulhan!

Noted actor Shashi Kapoor visits Rambo’s International Circus Festival

14 Nov

Noted Actor Shashi Kapoor made a rare appearance to see the special show of Rambo Circus and its troupe of international artists in the indoor theatre of Prithivi. This show was part of the Children’s week celebrations by Rambo Circus.Shashi Kapoor with son Kunal & grandchildren and international team of Rambo Circus
Davron Majidov, who is participating in the International Circus Festival from Russia, clearly was awed by the Kapoors and went up to Shashi Kapoor to take his blessings. “ I have been a fan of Mr Raj Kapoor who is very respected back in Russia, so it’s a great honour for me to perform today in front of the Late Raj Kapoor’s family. I am humbled ” said the 19 year old boy.

The entire troupe of Rambo Circus artists crowded around Shashi Kapoor delighted to see him doing well. Shashi Kapoor’s son Kunal and grandson Zahan were also present with Sujit Dilip, owner of Rambo Circus. Each one of the Rambo Circus family went up to Shashi Kapoor for his blessings and being photographed with him. Shashi Kapoorji was happy to indulge and sat through the entire performance.

The show at Prithivi Theatre was a super hit and ran to packed houses.

This winter, the larger than life “ International Circus Festival 2014-15 “ is in town with artists from around the world – South America, Russia, Africa, Mauritius, Nepal and other parts of India. Acts of Human skills and wonder include the most spectacular & dangerous act The Wheel of Death and others like Rolla-Bolla, Body Contortion, Arial, Flying Trapezee, Skywalk, Africano Fire eater and many more.

The fully air conditioned tent with hi-tech light and sound show is being showcased at the Bandra Reclamation Ground with show timings being 4 pm & 7pm on weekdays and an additional show at 1pm on weekends.

There are special offers for the Children’s Day celebrations. You can log onto http://www.bookmyshow.com or call 9930237807. For Travel arrangements log onto Grallo.com or call 09035912400.

There are special offers for group bookings and schools & colleges.

The act is on till December 4, 2014.

Witness the fun filled acts at the ongoing Rambo International Circus Festival with your family.